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16 October 2014


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Carsaig again

On Tuesday I had some work to do at Carsaig - the weather forecast wasnt great, so I was thinking "what a waste" Normally I really like to visit Carsaig - there is just something special about it - and the geology is something else. There really is a lot to see. The place just heaves with interesting rocks, fossils, minerals, different formations and structures, soaring cliffs and excellent sea views. No matter where you go, there is something fascinating (well I think so anyway!) However, the forecast was not good.

Forecasts? Pah! As it turned out, the weather was great, really nice and quite atmospheric as well. I didnt have a lot of time, but spent a rather nice lunch hour exploring the shore east of Carsaig pier, the path that goes to Lochbuie.

A picture is worth a thousand words? OK, here goes:

View from the road down to the pier:

A really foamy sea:

There is rather fine waterfall here:

And there was a rainbow in the spray:

There is a cave behind the waterfall, so you can stand inside and watch the fun:

The view out to sea was quite dramatic:

But, one of the great things about here is the columnar basalt. It really is impressive. You probably think I've got a thing about the stuff. You'd be right. I love it! Piccies here:

There is also a good sea stack:

A bit further on, I had a good view of Creach Bheinn near Lochbuie:

And great views over to the Laggan peninsula:

And that was that - back the way I came - a really nice walk, despite a discouraging forecast. Some day, I'll get round to doing the walk all the way to Lochbuie. Oh yes, one final thing: theres a small islet offshore from Carsaig pier called Gamhnach Mhor. Its composed of a rock that is found nowhere else in Mull. A rock called syenite. See what I mean about interesting geology? There's a future blog for you if I can get someone to take me out there.

So many rocks, so little time......

Be back soon!


James (mountainman)

Posted on mountainman at 20:29


Love the shot from inside the cave! Did you get very wet? And the columnar basalt - nature's architecture, indeed. Thanks again MM for great pics.

Jill from EK

Jill; I actually managed to stay dry - was able to sneak in at the side of the spray - although the pic does show a droplet on the lens! Poor camera - got dropped on the ground at Edinburgh Zoo, had to remove the "eyelids" on the lens to get it to work. Also had a teapot dropped ion the LCD screen - got a big crack in it. Now it gets wet.!! Still works though, as you can see - good old Finepix!

MM from Tob

My husband was carrying his camera in the case and accidentally pressed the On button (without knowing). When he came to take the camera out later, the lens had moved out but not straight, so that the telescopy bits were jammed at an angle. He managed to force them back straight again. However, we don't go in for teapot throwing here so that's one hazard avoided!

Jill from EK

Gosh! And there was me complaining about a few blobs on's never been teapotted!

Flying Cat from Teapotting - an Olympic sport

Methinks this needs a bit of further elucidation lest there be weird images of flying teapots that Bertrand Russell would have been proud of.... Actually the truth is so prosaic and ordinary: Teapot was temporarily seated on top of toaster to make a bit more room in the kitchen (honest, it gets that bad at times). Camera (face down) sat beside toaster. Due to the hi-jinks of either a) my 2 year old b) my 4 year old or c) my wife, teapot took a dive from toaster and assaulted the camera. However, Finepix takes it in its stride and emerges, still capable of taking a photie or two! Treat them mean, keep them keen......

MM from Zone of the killer teapots

I notice that you are nowhere in the frame for the teapot incident. You were in another room at the time? Just as well it wasn't one of those big metal ones as used for mass catering. Even Finepix would have had a problem with one of them...not to mention the tea inside it...and the leaves...

Jill from EK

It's very brave to include the spouse in the list of suspects indulging in high jinx...

Flying Cat from an admiring glance

The picture from behind the waterfall is great. Thought crossed my mind, how long do you think that waterfall has been there for - 1000s of years?

steven milloy from KILMARNOCK

Hi! Mountain Man, I just love your blog page, I was born and brought up on Mull and left when i got married (stupid me hu!) but i visit your page and i get so home sick you wouldn't believe but you show me pictures of things i never seen as a child, things you really don't look at or appriciate as a child because it's on your door step i suppose! so thank you for sharing your trips and adventures with us all they are really beautiful as is the whole island as i remember it.

Ruth Cameron from West Lothian

Ruth, thanks for the comments and I know exactly what you mean. I am not from Mull (although I am married to someone who is!) - I was brought up in the shadow of the Ochil Hills. Yet there are places there that I have never been to, that people have occasionally asked me about! I was always heading off to the Highland hills and places like that. One of the things about Mull is that it has such a convoluted coastline that there is a huge amount of territory to explore. And in different types of weather at different times of the year, it can all look so different! Glad you enjoy the blog. Bye for now

James (MM) from Tob

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